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Perched on a lonely moor 528 metres above sea level, the Tan Hill Inn has held the Guiness World Record for the highest pub in Britain since 1976.
Getting there can be a bit of a mission – you either navigate a series of winding narrow roads or walk at least several kilometres along the Pennine Way – but that makes you all the more deserving of a drink when you get there.
But if a short stay isn’t enough, you could put in an offer for the place. The inn has just gone on the market for £900,000 (NZ$1.6 million).
But be warned, you must know how to drive a snow plough.
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The 17th century listed building, which has panoramic views of the surrounding moorland, is regularly cut off by heavy snowfalls. Landlady Louise Peace told The Guardian she’d been snowed in about 50 times since she and her husband bought it in 2005 – for three to 11 days at a stretch.
The isolated pub made headlines last November when the band Scouting for Girls was snowed in after a gig – along with around 200 fans. In 2009, New Year’s Eve revellers were similarly entrapped, although they couldn’t leave for three days.
There are far worse places to be stranded though. With exposed beams, a roaring fire and an impressive list of local “ales from the dales”, it’s easy to get very comfortable.
Sound good? Peace is offering people tempted by the offer a chance to “try before you buy”.
Order a pint of house brew Tan Hill Ewe Juice and fill up on hearty pub grub such as steak and ale pie or sausage in Yorkshire pudding before bedding down in one of the 30 rooms. There’s also a campsite for the hardy and, if you’re lucky, you could catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.
But if you don’t have a spare $1.6 million and just fancy a drink with a view, here are some other highest watering holes in the world…
At.mosphere, Burj Khalifa, Dubai
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Located on the 122nd floor of the world’s tallest building, At.mosphere is about leading the high life in more ways than one.
You’ll need to scrub up well to get past the bouncers, but it’s worth it to be able to drink in the views of the desert city and Arabian Gulf from the lounge and restaurant. If the altitude doesn’t make you giddy, the potent signature cocktails certainly will. Popular favourites include the “dragonfly” (fresh blueberries, ginger, tangerine tea, sake, creme de mure and creme de violette) and the “passion pearl” (yuzu juice, basil, red peppercorns, chamomile-infused gin, watermelon liqueur and passionfruit “caviar”).
Line your stomach with some seriously pimped-up comfort food such as truffle mac ‘n cheese croquettes and the gold-dusted “billionaire burger” with wagyu beef, sliced truffle, foie gras and wild mushroom. Fortunately the burger doesn’t live up to it’s name price wise (it costs NZ$137), but prices do tend to match the sky-high altitude. For a superlative drinking experience though, this is pretty hard to beat.
Sky Bar and Alfresco 64 – A Chivas Bar, Lebua Hotel at State Tower, Bangkok, Thailand
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Lebua Hotel at State Tower is home to two not just one, but two, bars with “world’s highest” status.
The Sky Bar is the highest open-air bar on earth, taking in sweeping views of downtown Bangkok and beyond. You may have to steel yourself to descend the outdoor staircase (especially if you’re in heels), but you’ll be glad you did as you watch the sun go down from the turret-like space suspended 820 feet (250 metres) above ground.
Sample the “Hangovertini”, created for the cast of The Hangover Part II while they were filming at the hotel or one of the many classic and signature cocktails or keep things simple with a Singha beer. The “summer sunset” (cinnamon-infused Havana rum shaken with orange curacao, orgeat syrup, lime and mint) is an ideal sundowner. On hot, humid evenings (fairly common in Bangkok!), cool off with an “ice poptail” (a cocktail paired with a frozen popsicle). The “pop star” – a pineapple popsicle infused with tequila and midori – suits the tropical climate perfectly.
If high-end whiskey’s your poison, head to the newly opened Alfresco 64 – a Chivas Bar on the 64th floor. The highest outdoor whiskey bar in the world, it’s designed to resemble the cabin and prow of a luxury yacht, although it’ll be the drinks rather than the swell that get you swaying. House specialities include the Chivas Exclusive Lebua blend and the Chivas Regal Ultis: single malts from the Scottish whiskey mecca of Strathspey. But there’s plenty of choice for those who prefer whiskey mixes. The Ultimate Ultis – combining Chivas Regal Ultis, pineapple juice, ginger, cassis, honey and mint and served in a golden goblet – will make you feel like laird of the manor in no time.
360, CN Tower, Toronto, Canada
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For wine buffs, heaven is 1151 feet (351 metres) up Toronto’s iconic CN Tower.
The revolving 360 bar and restaurnt offers more than 500 wines from Canada and beyond, many of which are stored in its world record-breaking cellar. Despite holding the Guiness World Record for the world’s highest wine cellar, it mimics a traditional underground cellar, with precision climate and humidity controls and double cherry doors.
Settle in at the tasting table or head to the bar or restaurant, where you can watch the world turn as you tuck into a menu high on fresh Canadian produce. The seafood bar is almost as tempting as the drinks one. Think enormous platters of lobster, oysters, mussels, crab, trout and other fishy delights. Extend your high by stepping out on the glass floor platform or doing the EdgeWalk – another Guiness World Record holder. This one takes the title for the highest external walk on a building.
Knoll Ridge Cafe, New Zealand
You haven’t lived until you’ve enjoyed your favourite tipple on the edge of New Zealand’s largest volcano.
While perhaps not advisable under ordinary circumstances, it certainly is at the extraordinary Knolls Ridge Cafe at Mt Ruapehu. Situated 2020 metres above sea level, it’s the highest cafe in New Zealand. Named the best designed cafe in the world by London-based website Design Curial, it features floor-to-ceiling windows with full-frontal views of The Pinnacles.
Take the scenic chairlift up and enjoy a glass of wine and/or a meal as you check out the action on the ski slopes below. The cafe opens before most people’s idea of wine o’clock – at 8:30am – but keeps its doors open until 4pm, giving you plenty of time to work your way through the small but stellar selection of New Zealand wines. The food, designed to feed ravenous skiers and snowboarders, is of the stick-to-your-ribs variety, although there are healthy options. But it’s hard to go past the prime Angus beef burger with crispy bacon, smoked cheese, balsamic onions and kumara chips. Makes me thirsty just thinking about it.